Early Castrol Enamel Sign With Royal Crest

Early Castrol Enamel Sign With Royal Crest


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Castrol were pioneers in motor oil development. At the start of the 20th century the automobile and aeroplane were rising in popularity, Charles Wakefield saw an opportunity to develop specific lubricants for these new engine types - the addition of Castor oil was the revolutionary element - making the oil thin enough to be effective when the engine was cold at start up and thick enough continue to be effective at high temperatures. From here Castrol was born.
Known as the 'bow-tie' design, this early Castrol logo dates from the 1920s-30s when the company still used Wakefield's name. These early designs, using red, yellow and white are unusual enough, the addition of the Royal crest in the upper left hand corner makes it rarer still. The sign also bears a maker's mark to the lower right corner - 'Stocal Burton & B'Ham'.
Condition is generally good considering the age of the sign - the left side has lost it's shine and the now textured surface has picked up some dirt. There is an area of corrosion to the upper left and the lower left corner is slightly damaged. Generally the colours remain good, and the damage that's there adds to the character of this sign. Enough of the original screw holes remain in good condition to allow this sign to be fixed to the wall neatly and easily.
The sign is 76cm wide, 50.8cm high and around 2mm thick.


H: 50.8cm (20.00in)
W: 76cm (29.92in)
D: 0.2cm (0.08in)


W76.0 x H50.8 x D0.2 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture



Mid 20th Century




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